Konica Minolta Unveils The bizhub 180 Printer/Copier/Scanner/Fax

A Cost-Effective, Flexible Solution Designed to Handle Small Businesses' Complex Document Output Needs

KONICA MINOLTA UNVEILS THE bizhub™ 180 PRINTER/COPIER/SCANNER/FAX

A Cost-Effective, Flexible Solution Designed to Handle Small Businesses'
Complex Document Output Needs

RAMSEY, NJ - September 1, 2005 - Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) today announced the bizhub 180, a new digital print/copy/scan/fax solution designed to put small businesses at the "hub" of their business, with its ability to handle a variety of complex document output requirements.  With standard GDI printing, digital copying and TWAIN scanning capabilities, the bizhub 180 can be upgraded to support PCL printing, network scanning and high-volume faxing as a business' needs develop and grow. 

"The bizhub 180 was developed with flexibility and affordability in mind," said Kevin P. Kern, vice president, product planning and development, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.  "Konica Minolta understands the small business market and built the bizhub 180 to facilitate the flow of information and to provide easy-to-use print, copy, scan and fax functionality.  The modular design of the bizhub 180 ensures that businesses are offered a solution with the capabilities they require, when they need them."

The bizhub 180 offers standard GDI printing and digital copying capabilities with superior image quality.  With print and copy speeds of up to 18 pages per minute (ppm), 600 x 600 dpi print and copy resolution, and a zoom range of 25-400 percent, documents come out looking crisp and clean.  Businesses with more advanced output needs may add the optional PCL print driver for up to 1200 (equivalent) x 600 dpi output and the optional duplex unit for the printing and copying of two-sided originals.

The bizhub 180 has a maximum paper capacity of 1,475 sheets, including an optional 100-sheet manual bypass tray.  The MFP supports up to 11" x 17" paper in size, 16 - 24 lb. bond paper in all paper drawers, and 24 1/4 - 41 3/4 lb. specialty paper, transparencies, envelopes and labels through the bypass tray.

In addition, the bizhub 180 includes:  2-in-1 and 4-in-1 storyboarding capabilities, print and copy duplex counters, a USB 1.1 port and IEEE 1284 Parallel interface for simple PC connectivity, and support of Windows 98/ME/NT 4.0/2000/XP and 2003 Server.  An optional 10/100 BaseT interface provides network connectivity, if needed.

Advanced Scanning Capabilities
With document scanning becoming increasingly important for offices of all sizes, the bizhub 180 includes built-in B&W TWAIN scanning capabilities at up to 600 x 600 dpi resolution.  It also supports duplex TWAIN scanning and has a scan counter to record scan activity.

The bizhub 180's optional Network Scan/Internet Fax Kit provides Scan-to-Email and Scan-to-FTP capabilities in both TIFF and PDF file formats at up to 600 x 600 dpi resolution.  This option also includes Internet Fax capabilities that use the T.37 protocol with scan resolution up to 200 x 200 dpi.

High-Volume Fax Capabilities
The benefits of having fax capabilities in a multifunction device include productivity enhancements, as well as cost and space savings.  Konica Minolta has included a high-volume Fax Unit option for the bizhub 180.  With Super G3 compatibility, JBIG data compression and a 33.6Kbps modem speed, the Fax Unit enables the MFP to transmit fax messages in less than three seconds per page.  The Fax Unit also provides information on the number of sheets transmitted, and offers resolution adjustments for Internet Fax reception, an Internet Fax transmission header and Internet Fax Basic/Advance modes.

Fax features include 400 x 400 dpi resolution for transmission and reception, 227 autodialing locations (27 one-touch keys and 200 speed-dial keys), 243 broadcast locations, and F-Code support for secured fax transmission and reception.  The bizhub 180 also supports duplex fax transmission, if the system is equipped with the optional Reversing Automatic Document Feeder.

PageScope Suite Provides Document Processing and Network Management Functions
PageScope, Konica Minolta's powerful family of integrated software applications and utilities that help customers manage their documents and devices, is offered for the bizhub 180.  Included in the PageScope suite of products is PageScope Net Care, which provides network administrators with detailed information about the operating conditions of all networked output devices containing a Management Information Base (MIB) from any Web browser.  By using the information available from Net Care, users can lower management costs and maintain the optimum condition of the devices.

Also included is PageScope Web Connection, which allows users to instantly check device conditions on all network-connected Konica Minolta printer/copiers from their desktop; PageScope Network Setup, to set up the controller from the desktop; and PageScope EMS Plug-Ins and NDPS Gateway, for seamless connections to Enterprise or Novell Distributed Print Services.

Highlighted bizhub 180 Features: 

  • Modular all-in-one print/copy/scan/fax design
  • Copy and print speeds of 18 ppm
  • 600 x 600 dpi copy and print resolution
  • Built-in GDI printing and optional PCL print driver
  • 1,475-sheet maximum paper capacity
  • Standard B&W TWAIN scanning
  • Optional network scanning with the Internet Fax/Network Scan Kit for Scan-to-Email, Scan-to-FTP and Internet faxing capabilities
  • Optional high-volume fax capability with the Fax Unit, enabling fax transmissions in less than three seconds per page
  • Optional Automatic or Reversing Automatic Document Feeder and Duplexer

Availability
The bizhub 180 is available through Konica Minolta's North American direct sales, authorized dealer and value-added reseller channels.  The MSRP for the bizhub 180 is $2,660.

About Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc., offers a broad range of multifunctional digital imaging solutions inspired by its bizhub™ brand of powerful solutions that serve as the central resource for document scanning, in-house printing, copying, faxing and electronic archiving and distribution.  From high-quality color and monochrome bizhub systems for workgroups and small offices, to advanced high-volume bizhub PRO™ production printing systems for large corporations and print-for-pay services, Konica Minolta is leading the industry toward integrated, networked hardware/software solutions that are more simple, reliable, and cost-effective.  Complementing its bizhub solutions, Konica Minolta also offers desktop laser printers, microform digital imaging systems, wide-format printers and scanning systems for specialized applications.

Headquartered in Ramsey, New Jersey, Konica Minolta delivers expert professional services and experienced, responsive client support, in addition to the world-class service provided through its extensive network of direct sales offices, authorized dealers, resellers and distribution partners in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and South America.  For more information, please visit Konica Minolta at www.kmbs.konicaminolta.us

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